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Author Topic: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?  (Read 292 times)

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Offline Lictor of Thrax

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12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« on: October 04, 2020, 07:13:17 pm »
I just got some after-market replacement turn signals for the bike. The bulbs inside are 12 volts and 10 wats. Is this close enough? The OEM bulbs have 12v 23/8w (whatever 23/8 wats means). The OEM bulbs won't fit in the new housings, so I can't just swap them out.



Offline DrM

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Re: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2020, 07:33:17 pm »
Your front OEM front turn signals are both running lights (always on at 8 watts) and turn signals (blink on at 23 Watts) so your 10 Watt replacements turn signals would be well within the 23-Watts used by the OEM turn signals.  Your rear turn signals are the same as the front, except no running light.   

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Re: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2020, 03:52:17 am »
 Thank you so much! Guy at O'Riely's had no idea. I have a second question that I only just discovered I need to ask. The turn signals I bought only have a red and black cord, so it's missing the orange one that connects for the running light. Will it work otherwise? Is it illegal to not have your front turn signal running lights on at night?

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Offline DrM

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Re: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2020, 11:57:04 am »
I don't know the answer to that:
as to whether it might work -- maybe;
would there be any error messages -- don't know;
any legal ramifications for your jurisdiction -- don't know

Offline Lictor of Thrax

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Re: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2020, 04:55:24 pm »
I appreciate it. I'll test it out before doing any soldering, and I'll let everyone here know the results.

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Re: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2020, 11:01:44 pm »
So I ended just getting a pair of three wire turn signals. I bought LED bulbs to go with them, because the reviews said the bulbs that came with them were too dim. Apparently the wires are also sometimes colored wrong, so I tested their connection before soldering. Everything went fine as I tested the right signal. Running light was on, and the flasher activated correctly. When I tested the left, at first the running light was working, but the flasher would not. I tried again, then the flasher worked, but afterward the running light shut off. Then all of my lights, including headlights, tail lights, and license plate light all went out, or at least extremely dim. The battery is not out. I was able to start the engine fine after turning it off, but none of the lights came on.

Did I just burn out my entire lighting set up? I looked up a few things after the fact and realized I should have used diodes for the led lights. Is this the extent of the issue, or have I done irreparable damage?

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Re: 12v 10w Turn signal ok?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2020, 03:01:51 am »
Nevermind. Figured out my dumbass accidentally grounded a wire on the frame and blew some fuses. I should be able to figure out the diode problem myself just by testing some things. Thank you for your advice!